March 7, 2009

Bone Marrow Transplant: LOOKING FOR DONOR!

We need to start looking for possible bone marrow donors for Bertrand. This is on the chance that his lysosomal condition is one of those which can be treated with such a transplant. If by some miracle we have a matching donor lined-up (next to impossible) we can get the transplant in a matter of weeks.

PLEASE consider getting checked! The closest match is usually a sibling, but Bertrand doesn't have any. And, neither Matthew nor I may be an acceptable match. :'(

"Doctors look for a donor who matches their patient's tissue type, specifically their human leukocyte antigen (HLA) tissue type. HLA are proteins — or markers — found on most cells in your body. Your immune system uses these markers to recognize which cells belong in your body and which do not. The closer the match between the patient's HLA markers and yours, the better for the patient."
--National Marrow Donor Program

The National Marrow Donor Program has a great page on the ins and outs of HLA Matching and a list of Donor FAQs.

We'll be in touch with Bertrand's doctors this week for many things, including determining his HLA.


  1. Christina,
    I'd like to begin by saying that your family is in our prayers. I called Sabrina the moment I was filled in on what was happening. Chad and I will gladly get tested! I told Sabri to keep me updated. I know being all the way in MD doesn't help much, but if you need anything...even just someone to talk to please feel free to call.


  2. Hi- I found your blog through my friend Jessica Fillmore. I don't know if I'd be a match but my blood type is A-. You can email me at for more information